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Preparation of Rites
Add to your hand 1 Level 7 or lower Ritual Monster Card from your Deck. Then you can add to your hand 1 Ritual Spell Card from your Graveyard.
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1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
Feb. 11, 2015
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An expensive card right now but it's being
reprinted in the Secret Forces. It's a staple
card for any Ritual Deck with LV7 or lower Ritual
monsters. Particularly, it's a staple card in
Nekroz decks which should use 3.
Since you get to add 2 cards, a ritual monster and a
ritual spell, it's an instant +1. But early in
the game, when you might not have a ritual spell in
your graveyard, it's still worth using as a 1-for-1
because you want consistency and a strong opening
Nekroz decks particularly should use it to search
for Brionac (which can search for any Nekroz
monster) or Clausolas (which can search any ritual
spell you want) depending on what you need for the
Strong card all around - no real downsides.
Released way back in
Overdrive, Preparation of Rites is, quite
simply, a RotA for a Level 7 or lower Ritual
Monster, with the added bonus of also grabbing a
Ritual Spell from the Graveyard. An effect like this
is quite obviously incredibly useful for any Ritual
Deck; the problem is that outside of Herald of
Perfection, Ritual Decks have never been relevant.
But now we’re about to get Nekroz, which is not only
a relevant Ritual Deck, but will most likely end up
being the dominating Deck of the format. Coupled
with the fact that they have a Ritual Monster that
searches other Nekroz monsters and another one that
searches out Nekroz Spell Cards, Preparation of
Rites gives you access to virtually every card in
This card is extremely solid in the Decks that can
use it, but what more can you expect out of themed
"Mean and Evil"
Preparation of Rites:
Sometimes a card that was previously dsregarded,
finds its place in the most powerful decks all of a
sudden (Vanity's Emptiness?); I don't think
Preparation of Rights was ever considered a bad card
(a "+1" never is) - there just hasn't been a Ritual
deck that needed the card, and made a splash in this
construct we call "metagame". The only Ritual decks
in the history of this game that had the qualities
needed to reign a format, were the "Demise OTK", and
"Gishk Hieratic" decks; "Gishki" decks have no need
for the search power Preparation of Rites provides -
they have an alternative that can be recycled with
Salvage - and recycling Ritual spells works
differently in the deck. I don't think Prepration of
Rites was around to see decks focusing on Demise,
King of Armageddon in all its glory - not that it
could have supported them...
In the meantime, decks that played Herald of
Perfection made good use of Preparation of Rites,
but I don't think the deck ever reached the level of
consistency, or power, to be considered "tier". All
in all Preparation is an example of a fantastic card
that unfortunately just never hd the time to shine.
But everything changed, when Konami announced
everyone's favourite cosplayers! Preparation of
Rites is an instant inclusion at three copies in the
"Nekroz" deck, and it's all because of Nekroz of
Brionac - it has an effect on the field, but that's
not important; what counts is this: "You can discard
this card; add 1 "Nekroz" monster from your deck to
your hand, except "Nekroz of Brionac"." You read
that right: Preparation of Rites indirectly adds any
"Nekroz" monster from the deck to a player's hand,
and factoring in the effect of Nekroz of Clausolas,
any Ritual spell card. The card's second effect will
usually not be of much importance, as "Nekroz"
Ritual spells can be banished from the graveyard to
add a new Ritual spell from the deck to the hand,
but recycling at least saves resources, and
Preparation of Rites may be used even if the player
controls a monster(s).
Archmage of the Nekroz (official name to be confrmed
at the time of writing), Manju of the Ten Thousand
Hands, Nekroz of Brionac, Nekroz of Clausolas,
Shurit, Strategist of the Nekroz, the three "Nekroz"
Ritual spells, Preparation of Rites, Reinforcement
of the Army, the last of which the deck won't even
play: the "Nekroz" theme has everything it could ask
for to perform as smoothly as possible (did I
mention Dance Princess of the Nekroz, Nekroz of
Unicore, and Nekroz of Valkyrus? They don't let the
player search their deck for cards, but they help!),
and with the threat of Nekroz of Trishula available
at practically any time when one counts up ll this
searching, "Nekroz" will be a force to be reckoned
with in formats to come.
Traditional: "Nekroz" in the traditional format?
Nekroz of Trishula will have no impact on the very
first turn you know, and if you let the opponent go
first instead, Imperial Order may ruin your day...
I'd almost say that one is better of using this card
to search for Herald of Perfection here! I don't
want to rate this card for play in the Traditional
format - don't act like you care dear: no one plays
Advanced: 5/5. A spell searcher with a bonus effect
added! Its targets may be slightly limited, but a
themed searcher like this is as potent as it gets -
surely if a card that any deck that benefits of its
inclusion, mains three copies of, and that one will
almost never hate to see in their hand, does not
receive a maximum score, than what will?
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going to beat around the bush and talk about all of
the random ritual cards that you can use this card
with, when it’s fairly obvious that the reason that
this will be used in competitive play is the deck
which releases in 2 days’ time – Nekroz.
deck, this is a power card that can stand to be in
every opening hand. It can search for any of 9 cards
from your deck (assuming you run the conventional 3
Brionac, 3 Unicore, 1 Gungnir, 2 Clausolas), of
course, the ability to search for one of 4 different
monsters doesn’t immediately sound as good as it
actually is, but Brionac and Clausolas give
immediate access to any of your other Nekroz
monsters or your Nekroz Spell Cards. So you’ll have
access to over half of your deck.
not all. Preparation of Rites also recovers a Ritual
Spell for a handy +1, this might not be the greatest
thing in Nekroz due to being able recycle Spell
cards anyway, but in other decks this can be a
godsend. Even in Nekroz, this part of the effect
lets you conserve your resources, so I suppose it’s
important thing about this card, outside of it being
recovery and search power all in one, is that helps
you use more than 1 Valkyrus per turn in the mirror
match. You can search for Unicore and grab the one
you used to clear your field, and you can search for
Brionac, and add a second one from the deck. It is
therefore a pretty hefty downside that you can’t use
this to grab level 8 monsters, but even so
Preparation is a very powerful card in the deck and
a staple at 3.
Preparation of Rites
In the OCG this card is Limited mostly as a way to
limit the power of Necroz, and its quite possible
that it may even receive a hit in the TCG somewhere
in the future.
While Preparation of Rites is able to be used by
Necroz far better than it has ever been able to be
used by any Ritual Deck that has ever come before
it, this card has always been good because of how
its been able to be used as well as the fact that it
can be used even without fulfilling all of the
conditions on the card.
Like I mentioned above, you can activate this card
without requiring to use its full effect.
Although you can only activate Preparation of Rites
if you can actually add a Ritual monster from your
Deck to your hand, it is not required for there to
be a Ritual Spell card in your Graveyard, and when
you do choose the Ritual Spell card you add it to
your hand at the resolution of the card.
And furthermore, the Ritual card that you add
doesn’t need to be one that can Summon that
particular Ritual monster, so the only real
additional limitation to this card is that you
cannot add any Ritual monster to your hand that is
above Level 7… But for the most part, this isn’t
really any sort of an inconvenience.
Apart from the obvious Staple addition of
Preparation of Rites into any Necroz Deck, this is
essential in any Relinquished, Sophia, Herald of
Perfection, Gishki and any and all other Ritual
Also the fact that this card is at it’s most basic
use a Reinforcement of the Army for Ritual monsters,
and at maximum use it’s a card that not only further
helps to remove the card cost associated with Ritual
Summoning but is otherwise one of those cards that
gains that magical plus 1 all on its own, make this
card truly essential, or “Staple” for not only any
Ritual Deck, but becomes even more essential for
Necroz since they are so reliant on Ritual Summoning
and really require all the plus 1 cards that they
Rating: 5. The real irony I feel with this rating is
that before the release of Necroz this card simply
would not rate quite so high, however, since Necroz
is such a Ritual heavy Deck, this card can truly
shine like never before.
A 1 Ritual monster (such as Relinquished or Herald
of Perfection) Deck would only play 2 Preparation of
Rites, in Necroz it has simply so many targets that
you will ALWAYS be running 3 of this… No exceptions!
Expect this card to gain at least a little bit more
in overall value.